Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: Mirror Press
Published: Dec 1, 2018
Paperback/e-book: 295 pages
Charming, clever, and heart-warming. Carol Lynch Williams' novelization of the motion picture Once I Was a Beehive is sure to be a family favorite.
Sixteen-year-old Lane Speer spends her family vacations camping in the mountains, taking the memories for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. One year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father's death, her mother remarries a guy who Lane hardly knows. To top it off, he's a Mormon. Worst of all, while her mom and new stepdad are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt who takes her to a bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, Lane tries to find peace with her new surroundings as she deals with the death of her father.
I absolutely loved this book. It was a wonderful novelization of the movie. Not only did it have the wonderful heart of the movie, but the book added so much more. The added details helped the story jump off the pages. Being inside Lane's head was enlightening. My heart broke for her with the lose of her father and adjusting to her mom getting remarried. I also also loved how it showed her growth and acceptance. The movie was charming, but the book added so much more depth and charm to characters. Namely Lane, Bree, and Phoebe. I loved Imaginary Dad.
5 out of 5 stars.
Dec 10: The Bibliophile Files
Dec 11: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Dec 12: My Book a Day
Dec 13: Literary Time Out
Dec 14: Min Reads and Reviews
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Lynch-Williams/e/B001H9RQLE/